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Currently, I'm reading the entire Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition to prepare for my next campaign after Kingmaker.
I'm an actor,
I have other learning disabilities,
I know a little Spanish,
I know a little French,
(Just enough in each to get me into trouble)
and this leads me to mispronounce most of the extraordinary words used in Rise of the Runelords.
While my players are certainly very forgiving of my flaws, I would still rather pronounce things closer to the ballpark then I have been. Kingmaker has been *ahem* challenging.
I'm going to use this thread to ask ALL THE QUESTIONS about pronouncing things for this book and to post my findings.
No hard feeling if people like pronouncing things their own way. That's cool too, but I'm trying to get the closest pronunciation intended.
It's however YOU want to pronounce them. You can change the names if you want. Honestly. Adapt things to fit your campaign. You don't need for it to be 100% identical to what Paizo put out and with precise pronunciations (I mean, you're not speaking Elvish in a Peter Jackson film!) - all you need is for your players to enjoy your game.
what other names are you wondering about?
Well, I just discovered that the Pathfinder Chronicles Campaign Setting has a pronunciation guide.
So a big chunk of my work is done.
But the names
Oh, the peoples names. I wonder about all of them.
|DM Dad in FL|
Gwaihir Scout wrote:This one took me a while: Shalelu is pronounced Sha-LEE-loo.I hadn't even considered that possible pronunciation. I keep going back and forth between Sha-leh-loo and Sha-lay-loo. Making the middle syllable a hard "e" never even occurred to me.
I was going for Sha-leh-loo for a while but had a terrible time with it. Sha-LEE-loo flows much better for me, even though it doesn't seem right linguistically.
And the web ate an edit with some more names. I'll add them later.
|Aotrscommander RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32|
This one took me a while: Shalelu is pronounced Sha-LEE-loo.
I have been fracking up and tripping over my metaphorical tongue every time I try and say her name. (It doesn't help I keep thinking there's a "y" in their because of the similarity to Shayliss (Vinder)).
I was trying Shal- EL -OO todya, but Sha-LEE-loo is so much better and rolls of the metaphorical tongue easier I'm going to adopt that one!
Sissyl wrote:SCAR-neeI have attempted to pronounce the Szcarni as SHAR-nee. Additionally I thought Varisia was pronounced Var-ihs-ee-uh, but I heard someone say it as VAR-ee-zhah (like asia). Which might it be?
Your pronunciation of Varisia is correct.
Sczarni is a tougher one. I've been saying "szarni", but I think the official pronunciation I heard from James Jacobs is "Scar-nee"